74 Growth Mindset Quotes To Inspire Hard Work and Perseverance


Growth mindset encourages students to think about challenges and mistakes as learning opportunities. It’s another phrase for the idea that when you fall, you get back up again. Use these quotes from historical and modern figures (including some from the researcher who pioneered the growth mindset phrase, Carol Dweck) to inspire students. While fostering a growth mindset isn’t the only way to help students succeed, sharing these quotes to motivate your students may be a good place to start! 

Our Favorite Growth Mindset Quotes

The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. –Carol Dweck

Starting each day with a positive mindset is the most important step of your journey to discovering opportunity. –Jay Samit

Starting each day with a positive mindset is the most important step of your journey to discovering opportunity. -Jay Samit- Growth Mindset Quotes

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint, and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. –Oprah Winfrey

I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint, and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. -Oprah Winfrey

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. –Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. -Louis Pasteur

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. –Larry Bird

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. -Larry Bird- Growth Mindset Quotes

 A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. –Winston Churchill

 A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -Winston Churchill

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. –Brian Tracy

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. -Brian Tracy

Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it. –John Wooden

Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it. -John Wooden- Growth Mindset Quotes

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. –Brian Tracy

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. -Brian Tracy

The best way to predict your future is to create it. –Abraham Lincoln

The best way to predict your future is to create it. -Abraham Lincoln

You can change all things for the better when you change yourself for the better. –Jim Rohn

You can change all things for the better when you change yourself for the better. -Jim Rohn- Growth Mindset Quotes

Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. –Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. -Jim Rohn

The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be. –Carol Dweck

The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be. -Carol Dweck

You are always free to choose what you do first, what you do second, and what you do not at all. –Brian Tracy

You are always free to choose what you do first, what you do second, and what you do not at all. -Brian Tracy- Growth Mindset Quotes

You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way. –Carol Dweck

You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way. -Carol Dweck

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. –Steve Jobs

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. -Steve Jobs

Become the change you want to see—those are words I live by. –Oprah Winfrey

Become the change you want to see—those are words I live by. -Oprah Winfrey

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. -Franklin D. Roosevelt- Growth Mindset Quotes

The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. –Carol Dweck

The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. -Carol Dweck

The habit of giving up when the present task is half finished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure. –Christian D. Larson

The habit of giving up when the present task is half finished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure. -Christian D. Larson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson- Growth Mindset Quotes

There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act. –Theodore Roosevelt

There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act. -Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. –Carol Dweck

I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. -Carol Dweck

Belief in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. –Norman Vincent Peale

Belief in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. -Norman Vincent Peale

In adversity keep motivated, for often the best comes from difficulty. –Norman Vincent Peale

In adversity keep motivated, for often the best comes from difficulty. -Norman Vincent Peale- Growth Mindset Quotes

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. –A.A. Milne

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -A.A. Milne  

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. –Benjamin Spock

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. -Benjamin Spock

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. –Hal Borland

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. -Hal Borland- Growth Mindset Quotes

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. –Dale Carnegie

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. -Dale Carnegie

First and foremost, let us remember that change has never been quick. Change has never been simple, or without controversy. Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination. –Barack Obama

First and foremost, let us remember that change has never been quick. Change has never been simple, or without controversy. Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination. -Barack Obama

Never has man reached his destination by persistence in deviation from the straight path. –Mahatma Gandhi

Never has man reached his destination by persistence in deviation from the straight path. -Mahatma Gandhi- Growth Mindset Quotes

Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The Power can be created and maintained through daily practice—continuous effort. –Bruce Lee

Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The Power can be created and maintained through daily practice—continuous effort. -Bruce Lee

Your thoughts make you what you are; by changing our thoughts we can change our lives. –Dale Carnegie

Your thoughts make you what you are; by changing our thoughts we can change our lives. -Dale Carnegie

If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires. –Napoleon Hill

If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires. -Napoleon Hill

Persistence isn’t very glamorous. If genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, then as a culture we tend to lionize the 1 percent. We love its flash and dazzle. But great power lies in the other 99 percent. –Susan Cain

Persistence isn't very glamorous. If genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, then as a culture we tend to lionize the 1 percent. We love its flash and dazzle. But great power lies in the other 99 percent. -Susan Cain

Failure has been correctly identified as the line of least persistence. –Zig Ziglar

Failure has been correctly identified as the line of least persistence. -Zig Ziglar

If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive. –Dale Carnegie

If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive. -Dale Carnegie- Growth Mindset Quotes

Not realizing what you want is a problem of knowledge. Not pursuing what you want is a problem of motivation. Not achieving what you want is a problem of persistence. –John C. Maxwell

Not realizing what you want is a problem of knowledge. Not pursuing what you want is a problem of motivation. Not achieving what you want is a problem of persistence. -John C. Maxwell

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. –Steve Martin

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. -Steve Martin

In every human endeavor, persistence is everything. –Joan Rivers

In every human endeavor, persistence is everything. -Joan Rivers- Growth Mindset Quotes

Let’s not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves. –Dale Carnegie

Let’s not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves. -Dale Carnegie

When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations and the value of hard work and persistence. –Nicholas Sparks

When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations and the value of hard work and persistence. -Nicholas Sparks

What people see as fearlessness is really persistence. Because I am focused on the solution, I don’t see the danger. –Wangari Maathai

What people see as fearlessness is really persistence. Because I am focused on the solution, I don't see the danger. -Wangari Maathai

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. –Elbert Hubbard

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. -Elbert Hubbard- Growth Mindset Quotes

You can make an audience see nearly anything if you yourself believe in it. –Mary Renault

You can make an audience see nearly anything if you yourself believe in it. -Mary Renault

You can’t do your best when you’re doubting yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? –Michael Jackson

You can't do your best when you're doubting yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who will? -Michael Jackson- Growth Mindset Quotes

Have passion for what you do; believe in yourself and your product and your customer; persevere; delegate; listen. Have fun. Today, I add: “Do good.” –Richard Branson

Have passion for what you do; believe in yourself and your product and your customer; persevere; delegate; listen. Have fun. Today, I add: "Do good." -Richard Branson

To believe yourself brave is to be brave; it is the one only essential thing. –Mark Twain

To believe yourself brave is to be brave; it is the one only essential thing. -Mark Twain

Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. –Oprah Winfrey

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself. -Oprah Winfrey- Growth Mindset Quotes

It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe. –Blaise Pascal

It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe. -Blaise Pascal

I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse. -Florence Nightingale

I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise. –Jessica Savitch

I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise. -Jessica Savitch- Growth Mindset Quotes

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. –Robert Collier

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. -Robert Collier

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. –Eddie Cantor

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. -Eddie Cantor

Every failure is a step to success. –William Whewell

Every failure is a step to success. -William Whewell

A minute’s success pays the failure of years. –Robert Browning

A minute's success pays the failure of years. -Robert Browning- Growth Mindset Quotes

All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them. –Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. –Julia Margaret Cameron

Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. -Julia Margaret Cameron

Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it. –Steve Maraboli

Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it. -Steve Maraboli

It’s a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. –Muhammad Ali

It’s a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. -Muhammad Ali

The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory in overcoming it; and difficulties are but the maids of honor to set off the virtue. –Molière

The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory in overcoming it; and difficulties are but the maids of honor to set off the virtue. -Molière- Growth Mindset Quotes

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. –Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. -Thomas Paine

The better your attitude and the harder you work, the luckier you get. –Robert G. Allen

The better your attitude and the harder you work, the luckier you get. -Robert G. Allen

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. –Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -Colin Powell

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. –Og Mandino

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. -Og Mandino- Growth Mindset Quotes

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. –Paramahansa Yogananda

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. -Paramahansa Yogananda

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. –Mary Kay Ash

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. -Mary Kay Ash

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success. –Max Beerbohm

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success. -Max Beerbohm

If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain. –Dolly Parton

If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain. -Dolly Parton

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King Jr.- Growth Mindset Quotes

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. –James Baldwin

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. -James Baldwin

Passion presented with a greater challenge achieves a greater goal. –Aberjhani

Passion presented with a greater challenge achieves a greater goal. -Aberjhani

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. –Thomas H. Palmer

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. -Thomas H. Palmer

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. –Frank Clark

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. -Frank Clark- Growth Mindset Quotes

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